Wednesday, June 30, 2010


I'm feeling pretty good about my planning today.  Guest list is finalized and Save-the-Dates (so cute!) are on their way!!  (For real this time- ha!)  Picked out some of the music last night & chose a destination for the honeymoon- St. Lucia it is!! Today I ordered invitations and am SUPER pleased with how they turned out.  I LOVE them!  Not Just Stationary in Gainesville has a huge selection, & Deenah was the most helpful of any of the vendors yet.  She gave me lots of suggestions & honest advice, and was extremely patient. :)  I feel like my experience with scrapbooking and being a yearbook advisor helped a lot.  I also made a decision about favors.  Whew!  Do it girl...

Just felt a need to blog about these accomplishments because I was borderline meltdown mode on Monday, so this is good.  Very good.

Beach Bums

We just got back from a beach trip with some of our best PCB, baby! All 9 of us...JonDean (that's what Brock calls Big Jon) & myself, Brian & Chels, their kiddos, 1 year old twins Andi & Cooper & two year old Brock, & of course the fab babysitters Savannah & Abbey...We had a blast! From our freestyles to dance offs, movies & icecream, Wal-Mart trips & tarballs, to workouts & many, many, almost pee-our pants laughs, funny stories & choir practice in the Excursion, triple flushers, & yummy seafood... I believe this trip is best summarized through pictures.  Enjoy! (P.S. I totally got Brian eating 'green' salads & Chelsea drinking green I good or what?!?)
The beautiful Hall family
Our rockin' babysitters/my roomies for the week
OMG! Cutest picture ever, right? Needs to be a postcard!
Brock & Mommy @ the pool
My future husband is HOT!!  And Brian nicknamed my hat "Sunspot"- haha
All the guys (minus Coop) hangin on the balcony
Wishin' he was outside with the big boys...cuz look what happens when you get stuck with the girls!
Andi-loo-hoo being a doll on the beach! She has a sweet crush on JonJon. :)
Dinner...did I mention how hot my fiance is??
Chelsea being Chelsea.
And Brian being... LOADS of fun!! (Give him a break...He stayed up all night watching Bachelorette!)
In support of Team USA in the World Cup...
Okay, you know this is hysterical!  And in some weird sense, I feel like we can really pull it off.  (P.S. Check our Big Jon's sweet sun poisoning! Ouchie!)
Lunch time! Ravioli, anyone? (It smelled yummy, not gonna lie!)
Note to self: If I ever have twins, bring sitters to the beach.
So stinkin cute!
Shoppin with the girls! (While the boys real!)
JonDean & Brock are seriously's SO precious!
The night we "put on a clinic"...sports analogy, Chels!
Our last sad. 
Wanna know why we're all such good friends? The photoshoot says it all.
This is a cool move I do when I laugh called the 'Tyrannasaurus Rex' (AKA try not to pee my pants in public)
Brian must have the same problem I have, cuz he's doing the T-Rex too!!
Seriously ladies, get yourselves together!
Well, that's better!!
Bye Bye beach! See ya next year! 

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Engagement Pics

Some of my faves!


Okay, so this is beyond sad, but so true.  One of the things I have looked forward to the most about being engaged (besides marrying JonJon of course!)....THE CAKE TESTING!!!  True story.  Last night we went to Celso's Cakes and enjoyed several yummy samples.  Check him out- he rocks. 
This is what we decided on.  Our cake will be four tiers.  Two tiers will be strawberry cake with chantilli cream and real strawberries.  Another tier will be vanilla cake with raspberry and cream filling.  The smallest tier will be almond cake with amaretto filling.  I LOVED this one, but it wasn't Jon, Mom, or Dad's fave, so I just chose this for the smallest layer.  Because we are having a dessert reception, we decided a 4 tier cake would be plenty. (Don't worry if you don't like sweets, we are having light hors d'oeuvres too!) AND, whereas most people freeze their top layer to eat on their 1 year anniversary, Celso will give us a free cake on our anniversary as long as we send him pictures of us cutting the cake for his website. Consider that done.  Woo Hoo!  Celso was going to send us home with a sampler platter, and against everything in me that was dying to say OMG YES, YES, YES, I declined.  We are, afterall, all on wedding countdown diet around here. 

I'm NOT a fan of fondant, so our cake will look something like this, only with ribbon instead of the iced pearls, and pink peonies instead of red roses.  Oh, and a big monogrammed B on top!
I think it's very classic & simple, yet elegant.  And I think it's different.  Most of the other cakes in the gallery looked pretty much the same to me, so I love that this one is unique.  I wanted it to be different, but not too eccentric...who wants to look back on their cake in 30 years and be like "What the heck was that?" So to me, this one is perfect! I'm SO excited...but a little disappointed the cake testing is over.  We may go somewhere else just for fun!!